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Congregation Activities As we consider the Word of God found in I Corinthians 12:20, “But now are they many mem­bers, yet one body,” we extend our congratulations to two congrega­tions celebrating anniversaries this month. The Kalamazoo, MI PRC organized on October 20, 1927, and the Byron Center, MI PRC organized on October 20, 1983. Since October is the month that most of our congregations begin again Bible Studies for the fall and winter months, we thought it ap­propriate to include the following, taken from the September 15 bulle­tin of the Lynden, WA PRC. Bible Studies: “In parts of Myanmar (Burma)...

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Congregational Activities Considering again the Word of God in I Corinthians 12, this time in verse 14, “For the body is not one member, but many,” we extend our congratulations to Calvary PRC in Hull, IA, celebrating the anni­versary of their organization as a congregation on October 11, 2007. On Friday evening, August 23, everyone in the congregation of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI was invited to come out and enjoy some softball at nearby Township Park. Supper started at 6:15 around a main course of hot dogs. Par­ticipants were encouraged to bring balls, bats, gloves, and a dish...

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Congregation Activities With the Word of God found in I Corinthians 12:12 in mind, “For as the body is one and hath many members…,” we extend our congratulations to the First PRC of Edmonton, AB, Canada, celebrating their anniversary as an organized church on September 25, 1975. The congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA was invited to a Chili Cook-off fundraiser on Saturday, August 17. The idea, of course, was to enjoy an afternoon of homemade chili and vote on your favorite one. There were sign-up sheets for those who would like to enter their chili into the...

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Minister Activities Since our last “News,” Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call he received from the Randolph, WI PRC to serve as their next pastor; and Rev. C. Haak declined the call he re­ceived from the Doon, IA PRC to serve as their next pastor. Candidate Erik Guichelaar has been extended two calls since our last “News.” Our vacant churches in Randolph, WI and Doon, IA have both called him to be their next pas­tor. Due to Candidate Guichelaar considering two calls from churches in Classis West, and his anticipated examination at the next meeting of Classis, that meeting has...

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Congregation Activities Keeping in mind the Word of God found in John 17:9, “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine,” we extend our congratulations to the following congregations celebrating anniver­saries this month, the Covenant PRC of Northern Ireland, orga­nized on August 2, 2006; the Ran­dolph, WI PRC, organized August 17, 1943; and the Crete, ILPRC, organized on August 24, 1926. This summer the Consistory of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI sponsored a conference on marriage for their congregation’s benefit. Three nights were set aside...

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Congregation Activities Reflecting on the Word of God found in Ephesians 4:4, “There is one body, and one Spirit…,” we extend our congratulations to five of our congregations who celebrate their anniversaries this month. The First PRC in Holland, MI organized July 3, 1929; the Grace PRC in Standale, MI organized on July 6, 1995; the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI organized July 12, 1926; the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville organized July 18, 2001; and the Hudsonville, MI PRC organized July 26, 1926. At a congregational meeting in mid-May, the First PRC in Holland, MI gave their approval for their...

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Congregation Activities Reflecting on the Word of God found in Ephesians 5:25, “as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it,” we extend our congratulations to four of our congregations who celebrate their anniversaries this month. The Loveland, CO PRC organized June 7, 1958; the Hope PRC in Walker, MI organized on June 8, 1916; the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI organized on June 18, 2008; and the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA or­ganized sometime in June (the exact date unknown) in 1932. The Consistory of the Hudson­ville, MI PRC recently gave their approval to a group of...

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Mission Activities On March 29, the 3rd Annual Combined Church Outing was held in the Philippines. This year 100-plus members of the First Re­formed Church of Bulacan, the Be­rean Protestant Reformed Church in Manila, and the Maranatha Reformed Church in Valenzuela attended. Our missionaries there write that “they are thankful to God for the opportunity to further the unity and communion of saints between these groups. The outing was held at the Grotto Vista Resort in Bulacan, where there were good amenities for fellowship, games, swimming, and (of course) eating.” The outing began with singing and prayer, followed by a...

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Congregation Activities Reflecting on the Word of God found in Romans 12:5: “So we, be­ing many, are one body in Christ,” we call your attention to the an­niversary of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, organized on May 5, 1999, and the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, orga­nized on May 13, 1987. The combined Men’s Societies of the Churches in Iowa and Min­nesota met together on April 1 at the Doon, IA PRC. The Bible discussion was taken from II Peter 1. The after-recess program, led by the men of the Edgerton, MN PRC, looked at the “Practical Benefits...

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Congregation Activities Reflecting on the Word of God found in Psalm 84:10, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thou­sand,” we call your attention to the anniversary of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD, organized April 23, 2010. All the societies of the Grand­ville, MI PRC were invited to hear Dr. Nate Lanning and Dr. Brendan Looyenga’s lectures on Tuesday, March 19. Dr. Lanning spoke on “Understanding Evolution: Reformed Consensus, Scientific Concepts, and Physical Proof,” and Dr. Looyenga on “Teaching About Evolution and Evolutionists within a Biblical Framework.” There was a question and answer period follow­ing...

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